Be in the know before you go
A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses.
US citizens require a Visa to enter Bolivia. If you decide to apply for a visa before arrival, the fee is 160USD. Please contact the Bolivian consulate directly, or use the services of a visa processing company/ You may also obtain a visa on arrival at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivian international airports and at land border crossings. New visa requirements state that unaccompanied minors to Bolivia must present an official Parental Authorization and Consent Certificate duly provided by the appropriate authorities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert for countries and territories where Zika virus has been found. If you are pregnant or plan to be pregnant, please consult your doctor before traveling to these countries. For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Bolivia please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.
During the rainy season (November to March) the Uyuni salt flats get flooded, making it sometimes difficult to visit the area and also cross from Bolivia to Chile or vice-versa. Please consult with your Yampu Tours Consultant if you plan to travel to Uyuni between those dates.
"Our agent Stephanie was the best!!! We were going to several countries in Africa and she made sure our trip was safe, comfortable and loaded with lots of fun. We had trusted tour companies and interesting guides. We always felt we were in good hands. Once one of our connecting flights was late and she already knew it and took care of the issue and us! We have used Stephanie twice now. Once in South America and once in Africa. Our trips were fun and so memorable. Thanks Stephanie."
After initial communications, Maggie at Yampu developed a custom itinerary for Peru and Bolivia that was well planned and then, during the trip, seamlessly executed. Great local guides and drivers, comfortable accommodations within my price range, and excellent meals when included. I will definitely turn to Yampu again for future South American travel."
"Working with Karolina Guilcapi and her team over the years always sets us up for success as a travel agency. Her care and dedication to each of our queries, and Yampu's trusted and experienced tour partners always result in an exemplary custom itinerary and experience for our clients."
"We spent around 4 weeks in South America on a private tour organized by Yampu. All my communication was done through Karolina. My main concern was safety as we were traveling with both our children at that time were under 12. We went from Peru to Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. We chose to have private tours with our own driver and guide, although at some of the places we had to join group tours which also worked out fine. There was a Yampu guide who met us on arrival at every airport, and also helped us check in for every flight we took. On the ground, all the transportation provided were very comfortable and all the drivers took care to drive safely and to make sure that we were always comfortable, especially during long road trips. At every destination we were greeted with wonderful guides, all very knowledgeable and warm, who engaged very well with our children. Both our kids still talk about our guides and about how much fun they had with them. Patagonia was amazing! It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We traveled through El Calafate, Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine, and we loved every minute of our time there. All the accommodation that Karolina arranged for us were extremely comfortable, all in very convenient locations. We were able to find good restaurants all within walking distance (especially in El Calafate. We ate some of the most delicious roast lamb every night we were there!). The tours we did here were fantastic. As you can imagine, the weather plays a big part in daily activities in these places. There was one day when we were booked to go on a drive up the mountains but the rain came down very heavily. Despite having to change the driving route for safety reasons, and also dealing with some disappointed people because we could hardly see out of the windows, our guide took it in her stride, and still managed to make the journey fun and enjoyable for us. If you’re going to Patagonia Camp, you will not be disappointed! We walked into the camp and what an incredible surprise it was. To be honest, I’d done very little research on this part of our trip (we were on a 7-month holiday so I was also busy planning the other parts at the same time) so we really didn’t have any expectations. Till today, my kids still remind me of what I told them on the bus on the way there. I said to them “it’s a camp so don’t expect anything too fancy ok”. You should have seen their faces when we walked into the camp! The yurts were incredible, food excellent, service was top notch. Aside from the accommodation, all the excursions we did were amazing. How could it not be when we were surrounded by the most stunning scenery. Every guide we had on our hikes was incredibly knowledgeable of the environment. We did some hikes which were pretty challenging for our little 8-year old and the guides who were with us made sure she was was ok every step of the way, whether it was holding her hand to help her up the steep terrain or even make her the “leader” of the pack as a challenge (and she made it to the top at such a fast pace that the rest of us had a hard time keeping up!). We have such amazing memories of our time in South America. We were very happy with the package that Karolina put together for us and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Yampu. I was in contact with Karolina throughout our trip, and she was very quick to respond to all my queries and gave good suggestions and advice. We decided to add on Bolivia at the very last minute (we were already part way through our South America trip), and Karolina still managed to booked flights, accommodation, tours for us for the dates we needed."
"Really enjoyed Lake Titicaca, Valley of Moon, dazzling stars at night, Isla de la Luna!! colonial cities and Salt Flats (what a surprise from exterior of landscape to interior of hotel) . . . very memorable trip. Thanks for all your help."
"So far Bolivia is AMAZING. Hot yet cold winds. Sun intense. 12,500 ft above sea level. I think it and the condor Colcha Valley between Arequipa and Lake Titicaca the most wonderment. "
"I never took the time to thank you for the wonderful arrangements made by you and your team at Yampu for a trip we made in late January of this year to Peru and Bolivia. I cannot really convey in a few sentences how satisfied we were with your services. We had never used a travel company before this trip. Considering the fact that we were traveling to third-world countries where life simply is not the same as here in the U.S., we were wonderfully surprised at the smoothness of all of our travel. We attribute this to your choice of tour guides and accommodations chosen in those countries. I thought of you and Yampu recently because we are planning to travel to southern Spain next year, but unfortunately for us you don't service Spain! Some day we plan to travel to Chile and Argentina, and hope to make use of your services again. Thanks again for such great travel arrangements."